Our trustees volunteer to shape our work and improve lives

Everyone on our Board of Trustees is a volunteer who brings their own unique insight and experience to lead the charity.

For Volunteers’ Week 2022, you can hear from some of our Trustees about what drives them to volunteer and what they contribute.

Many of our trustees joined the board due to a personal connection with Crohn’s or Colitis and may already be members for many years before becoming a trustee.

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2004, shortly after I was married. I suffered very acutely until surgery, and since then I have been fortunate enough to enjoy good health. I have been a member of Crohn's & Colitis UK since that time. Wanting to give something back to the charity and its cause, I became a Trustee in 2016 and the Vice Chair in 2019.

Tom Reddy
Living with Colitis

Our trustees bring their professional expertise to this volunteer role, advising on all areas of the business and supporting decision-making at all levels.

Professionally, I am a strategy consultant with experience in financial services, retail, and technology. I have particular expertise across digital, transformation, strategy, and change. I have always seen Crohn's & Colitis UK as a force for change, through its phenomenal work in increasing awareness, raising funds and funding research. I look forward to contributing to its future development.

Ashish Patel
Living with Colitis

The passion that our trustees have for the work we do makes them ambitious in their aims to make us better.

I have worked very closely with Crohn's & Colitis UK for a number of years, including over the years as a volunteer on the support line providing emotional support to callers before joining the Board as a trustee in 2016.

I have seen the charity evolve, growing from strength to strength to a position now where there are fantastic opportunities to make a real difference to the lives of IBD sufferers. I feel I can make a real impact by taking a more strategic role in helping to deliver the goals and vision that have been set.

Justine Woolf
Living with Crohn's


Leading the Board is our brand-new Chair, whom we welcomed in May.

It’s a hugely exciting time to get involved with Crohn’s & Colitis UK’s work.

I was drawn to the charity's ambition and drive which is so important right now when public health and health inequalities are at the forefront of the public’s mind.

Dr Jackie Craissati MBE








Meet the board of trustees

Find out more about the people who govern our charity


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Helpline service


We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can help by:

  • Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Listening and talking through your situation.

  • Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.

  • Signposting you to specialist organisations.

Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.

Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).

If you need specific medical advice about your condition, your GP or IBD team will be best placed to help.

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